Richard Charles Jones

  • Born: 1941 (United Kingdom)
  • Inducted: 2013
Born in Birmingham, England, Dick Jones gained a BSc in bacteriology from the University of Birmingham in 1963. Following three years in industrial veterinary research in Essex, he joined Frank Jordan at the Poultry Research Section of the University of Liverpool Veterinary School. He completed a PhD (Liverpool) in 1972, became a Member (later Fellow) of the Royal College of Pathologists in 1987, and was awarded a DSc degree (University of Birmingham) in 1994. He was awarded a Personal Chair in 1994, became Emeritus Professor on retirement in 2009, and is now an Honorary Research Fellow.

In his teaching role, he contributed to the Liverpool veterinary microbiology course, from 1983 to 1994 to the Master in Avian Medicine course and avian virology at the Bologna Veterinary School, and to the Poultry Health Course at the Institute for Animal Health. He was Associate Dean for Teaching in the Liverpool Veterinary Faculty (2000-2002). From 1985 until 2009 he was head of the Microbiology Research Laboratory at the Leahurst Campus.

Dick’s research principally covered reovirus infections and endemic viral respiratory diseases of poultry. Highlights include: fundamentals of pathology and pathogenesis of reovirus arthritis; characterization of the latency of infectious laryngotracheitis virus; pathogenesis of infectious bronchitis and virus genotype variation in Western Europe; and pathogenesis of avian metapneumoviruses in chickens and turkeys and live commercial vaccine development.

Being sole or co-supervisor of 25 PhD and masters students and other collaborations resulted in an output of approximately 150 peer-reviewed papers, as well as a similar number of book chapters, meeting abstracts and other articles. Dick has received invitations to speak on his research in more than 30 countries, including Keynote Lectures at WVPA and WPSA world congresses.

Dick was twice a member of the UK Government’s Review Panels into animal endemic diseases (viral). In 2009, he was awarded the R F Gordon Memorial Medal and was elected an Honorary Life member of the WVPA. He is currently Chairman of the Houghton Trust.

Dick’s hobbies include photography, cycling, guitar and piano playing, and following Aston Villa. He is married with a son, daughter and two grandchildren.

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